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Four Questions to Ask Yourself If You're Considering the Value of a Master's Degree

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Despite an upturn in the job market in recent years, many undergraduate degree holders who struggled during the Great Recession of 2008 are skeptical of the benefits of graduate school. However, studies show that those with graduate degrees do stand out among their peers to employers. If you're considering a master's degree, here are a few questions that may help you decide.

Are You Passionate About Your Field of Study?

No matter your primary reason for earning a master's degree, enthusiasm for your field of study is key to success in graduate school. The curriculum is notably more substantial and demanding, which gives you the opportunity to expand your knowledge and gain practical skills relevant to your field.

Do You Want to Expand Your Career Opportunities?

In many careers, a master's degree is a prerequisite that must be met to obtain a certain position. For others, it gives professionals the competitive edge they need to land their dream job. Either way, there's no question that a graduate degree has the potential to dramatically increase your professional opportunities. Many students even find growth opportunities by networking with friends and faculty at school.

Do You Want to Make More Money?

This seems like a question that doesn't even need to be asked. Very few people would say they'd rather not earn more money. With a graduate degree, you not only improve your chances of a higher paycheck, but you can ensure that the paycheck you make is earned doing something you love.

Are You Okay With Making Short-Term Sacrifices?

Graduate school is a serious commitment. Earning a master's degree takes time, and it often requires making sacrifices in many aspects of your life to succeed. However, the sacrifices are temporary, and graduate programs designed for working adults can help minimize the impact.

At the Tulane School of Professional Advancement, we offer busy professionals the opportunity to build on their education and careers through flexible programs that turn the dream of graduate school into a reality. Explore our program options to see how our master's degree programs can benefit you.

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